US geology expert to present results of Los Angeles shale gas fracking study in Aberdeen

Dr. Daniel Tormey
Dr. Daniel Tormey

Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Daniel Tormey, Catalyst Environmental Solutions,  has conducted the first ever, data-rich, comprehensive environmental characterisation of hydraulic fracturing for shale oil and gas production.

And the Aberdeen branch of the Society of Petroleum Engineeris  has invited Dr. Tormey to its next evening meeting where he will discuss the results of his peer-reviewed study of shale gas fracking in Los Angeles, Calif.

Hydraulic fracturing for shale oil and gas production – used widely in the US and Canada since the 1950s –  is now seen in the UK as having the potential to provide greater energy security, growth and job opportunities (but not by the Scot-Govt. which alone in the UK has imposed a shale moratorium in Scotland)

However, the potential negative environmental impacts that may be associated with hydraulic fracturing have led to controversy and significant public debate.

Dr. Tormey, explained: “Although the development of shale oil and gas has brought substantial economic, geopolitical, and climate change benefits to the US, hydraulic fracturing has displaced global climate change as the most controversial environmental policy issue.

“As other countries evaluate development of shale oil and gas, these same environmental concerns are available on the internet and media sources. Without data to address the issues, the concerns become a substantial hindrance to acceptance of shale gas development.

“This study presents the first ever, peer-reviewed study that quantifies the effects of two specific high-volume hydraulic fracturing jobs to 14 different environmental resource categories. The study was carried out in the centre of Los Angeles, California –  the largest urban oil field in the US –  and amid substantial local and national interest.”

 Alan Johnson, Chairman, SPE Aberdeen Programme Committee added: “The topic of fracking is the subject of heated debate in this country.

“Environmental concerns are high on the list of issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing and objective evidence on the real level of risk is difficult to establish. Dr Tormey’s presentation aims to shed more light on the technical reality of the fracture stimulation of unconventional shale reservoirs, the associated challenges and future possibilities.”

Dr. Tormey is an expert in energy and water, working with the environmental aspects of all types of energy development, with an emphasis on oil and gas. In addition to the Los Angeles study, Dr. Tormey was on the Steering Committee leading California’s government-sponsored study of the effects of hydraulic fracturing across the state.

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Meanwhile, Scottish Energy News and the Scottish Energy Association are working together in partnership to hold the 2016 UK Shale Energy conference in Glasgow later this year.

Shale energy post conference logo  SEAAfter the highly successful first event in 2015, there has been considerable support in holding a second event in 2016 to take stock of the consultation that the Scottish Government instigated during the moratorium.

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